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Old Dec 30, 2009, 10:57 AM   #1
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Anyone changed their own coolant yet?

Although I'm 20K miles away from the 60K service, I just noticed that the 60K service calls for a coolant change. I've done all my maintenance myself, and I plan on doing the 60K myself when the time comes. Changing coolant is generally pretty straightforward, but sometimes it can get a bit tricky. For example, on the Porsche 944 I used to have, I never would have found the engine block drain plug if someone hadn't shown me where it was. Any strange tricks on a 2008 Lancer?
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It's pretty easy on the lancer, I've had to do soo much work on the cooling system in this car and I haven't ran into any problems yet. Other than coolant randomly disappearing. There aren't any leaks, I did a pressure test plus you can't see any leaks or drips on the ground. The head gasket isnt broken because I've been refilling the radiator for months and there isn't any coolant in the oil, no weird burning smells, and its been over 5,000 miles of driving like this. It looks like to me all the coolant is going into the reservoir until that gets full, but then i open the radiator cap and pour more in and it takes like 1/4th to 1/2 a gallon of more coolant. I can't figure it out for the life of me...
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Your cooling system probably isn't entirely full which is why you are noticing coolant randomly "disappearing". When you don't use a flush machine to exchange the coolant and simply drain it out and refill it, there are tons of air pockets that are introduced. Luckily we have a flush machine at work but whenever I do a coolant flush, I always let the vehicle run with the rad cap off and "burp" the system with the upper rad hose to try and get as much air out as I can. You'll never get it all but over time the rest of the air will come out as your drive, which is why the overflow container will go down and you'll have to fill it a bit. Always remember to keep the overflow container full as that is what the rad takes from when it becomes low.
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It's hard to see the drain plug from the top.
(*) Try take off the air inlet snorkel, and radiator cover. It's easier to see it this way. OR
(*) Try to look from the front grille.

The drain plug is at lower-left conner (as you're facing the front). It's facing outward from the engine.
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Aqua, I assume you're talking about the radiator drain plug. Is that correct?

I'm guessing there is also a coolant drain plug on the engine block. Can anyone describe where that is?
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The only drain port is on the radiator. Unless you are facing uphill when draining, you won't have to take any hoses or plugs out of the block.

Step 1, Drain into a suitable bucket, and dispose of properly.

Step 2, Fill with water and run for 5 mins

Step 3, Drain water, fill with recommended long life antifreeze, run with A\c off until normal operating temp, let cool, check level and top up as necessary.
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Anyone know how much coolant our cars hold? I just want to compare stock to the mishimoto radiator, ive almost finished adding my 5th or 6th (can't remember) gallon over the course of 3 or 4 months.
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